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It's not clear in these articles exactly what the FBI is asking Apple to do
It's not clear .. if the tool or method currently exists that would actually allow them to open or decrypt the phone
... Apple to create a back door ...
... What does [John Mcaffee] mean?
This leaves the security agencies with the tricky task of carefully grinding the lid and top-level circuitry off the encryption chip, and using an atomic force microscope or similar to read the contents of the memory cells containing the encryption key.
carefully grinding the lid and top-level circuitry off the encryption chip
“The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on Farook’s iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple Inc,” the government said.